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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: Aug 19, 2011 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and 'Politics'...they weren't...

I've always thought of the Dead's relation to real politics as comparable to Kerouac's. Burroughs nails it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD4ofEoUpxE

Certainly K was apolitical, and by the end even reactionary; but without that shining example, you don't have the progressive action of Ginsberg, Sanders and the wider 60s revolt, even if he grew to hate them (and himself) for it. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think you could say the same of the Dead, whose fruits in carrying that generation's legacy on to others weren't expected or desired by the band, but can certainly be traced back to a clear tree.

Incidentally, you can get the first half of that Firing Line episode, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaBnIzY3R00&;feature=related

We'll never get TV like that again.